The NWMO continues engagement with South Bruce residents virtually
Erik Kremer, Section Manager, Safety Assessment at the NWMO, presents to residents of South Bruce at the NWMO’s Virtual Information Session on June 25.
On June 25, the NWMO hosted a virtual information session for residents of South Bruce. It was the first of a series of online sessions for people in the community to learn more, and for the NWMO to address residents’ questions about Canada’s plan for used nuclear fuel.
The NWMO is taking a collaborative approach to site selection, where learning and dialogue are central to the process.
“While we previously conducted in-person engagement sessions, due to COVID-19 we’ve been developing a new way to engage with community residents,” said Cherie Leslie, the NWMO’s Senior Engagement Advisor for Southern Ontario. “Connecting virtually will enable residents to learn more about the project.”
During the half-hour session, Ben Belfadhel, Vice-President of Site Selection at the NWMO, provided an introduction to Canada’s plan, explained why we are building a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel, and described our approach to safety. We chose to focus on safety in the first session because it is our highest priority and guides everything we do.
In the latter half of the presentation, Dr. Belfadhel and Dr. Erik Kremer, Section Manager, Safety Assessment at the NWMO, answered questions we received from the public in advance of the session, including: how the repository will contain and isolate used nuclear fuel, how the project will protect water and the environment, how the community will determine whether it is a willing host, and how a repository would affect the agricultural industry.
“We are here for our communities and look forward to answering questions about Canada’s plan,” said Ms. Leslie.
South Bruce is one of two potential locations for the deep geological repository. The project will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts working in partnership to implement it.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository, in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.
Founded in 2002, the NWMO has been guided for more than 20 years by a dedicated team of world-class scientists, engineers and Indigenous Knowledge Holders that are developing innovative and collaborative solutions for nuclear waste management. Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2024, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.